Stablecoins: Tether USD₮ Reaches All-Time High, Surpasses Previous Market Cap High of $83.2B

Tether, the company operating the blockchain-enabled platform that powers the first and most “widely used” stablecoin, has reportedly “surpassed its previous all-time market cap high of $83.2B set in May 2022.”

Paolo Ardoino, CTO of Tether, stated:

“Today’s numbers demonstrate that people want access to financial freedom, and when given that access, they will make use of it. Tether tokens offer a safe harbor for the unbanked and allow people in emerging markets to keep their buying power, even when their national currency is being devalued. Between our battle-tested resilience in the face of market volatility and our industry-leading transparency practices, Tether has proven that it can be trusted, and customers are responding in kind. We are eager to continue maintaining our laser focus on emerging markets and will not waver in our efforts to expand access to financial freedom globally.”

Tether claims it has “solidified its position as the preeminent stablecoin and pioneer for financial freedom and innovation.”

Since its creation in October 2014, Tether’s USD₮ stablecoin has, according to the company, become “the most traded cryptocurrency (although stablecoins are not really pure cryptocurrencies due to their centralized nature), surpassing all rival offerings together.”

Tether explains that it aims to “combine the benefits of digital currency, such as instant global transactions, with the stability of traditional currency.”

With a commitment to “transparency” and “compliance,” Tether says it “provides a fast and low-cost way to transact with money.”

According to the firm, Tether’s recent attestation “further demonstrates its commitment to transparency and highlights its work in emerging markets as a safe haven from volatile markets.” However, Tether’s management and its operations have been regularly scrutinized by crypto industry professionals and traditional financial experts. Industry participants and other professionals question whether Tether actually has enough reserve assets to adequately back the USDT/stablecoins currently in circulation.

Moreover, Tether’s Q1 performance, according to the firm, “has been remarkable, reporting a net profit of $1.48B, which has significantly bolstered its reserves.”

As noted in the update:

“With approximately 85% of its investments in cash, cash equivalents, and other short-term deposits, along with a 20% increase in token supply quarter over quarter and ~2.5B in excess reserves (on top of the 100% minimum reserves), Tether has unquestionably established itself as a trustworthy entity with an extremely optimistic year ahead.”

Tether further claims that it “remains committed to providing financial freedom and innovation to users worldwide, particularly in emerging markets.”

As a “trusted” stablecoin, Tether continues “to lead the way in transparency, resilience, and accessibility to secure and stable digital currency.”

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